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Maritime Shipping, here it comes the Maritime Cyber Baseline

Here it comes the Maritime Cyber Baseline. Launched by the IASME Consortium and supported by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the goal is to improve the shipping operators cybersecurity

The maritime shipping operators now have a new tool to improve their cybersecurity and align with the IMO Maritime Cyber Risk Management guidelines. It’s the Maritime Cyber Baseline, launched by the IASME Consortium and supported by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). It is open to vessels of all sizes and classifications, including yachts, commercial, passenger ships and merchant vessels. The scheme is focused on a set of key security controls which have maximum impact on cybersecurity and give the best return on the effort and investment in their implementation. If the vessel passes the assessment, it is awarded Maritime Cyber Baseline certification. To maintain certification, an annual verified self-assessment must be completed on the first and second anniversary of the audit to demonstrate continued compliance.

How the Maritime Cyber Baseline scheme works

The new Maritime Cyber Baseline scheme has two stages:

  • Verified self-assessment: It requires ship owners/operators to answer a series of questions about their vessel using the IASME secure online portal. The owner is required to sign a declaration attesting that the answers to the questions are accurate. The applicant receives feedback from the assessor on how they can improve the security of their vessel depending on the answers provided to the various questions;
  • Audited: It involves a review of systems, processes and to verify the answers provided in the self-assessment. This level must be completed by all vessels 500 gwt or over to achieve certification.
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